Amazon.com Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Brian Hall, a former vice president of product marketing at Amazon Web Services Inc., alleging that he has violated the terms of a noncompete agreement after taking up a new role at Google Cloud, one of the company’s main competitors.
The lawsuit says the decision by Hall (pictured) to switch allegiances risks exposing “valuable competitive information” to one of Amazon’s main cloud rivals, GeekWire reported today.
Responding to the case that was filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Hall’s lawyers argue that he was repeatedly led to believe that Amazon would not enforce the noncompete provision of the confidentiality agreement he signed with the company in 2018.
Noncompete clauses in employment contracts are a controversial subject, and have essentially been banned in some states, including California. Washington state, where Amazon is based, also has provisions that limit their applicability.
Amazon has asked the court …